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Just how busy is my SSD on an average day?

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An Average Day: Part 1  

While using an SSD as the primary drive on your computer, you must have thought at some point, “Just how busy is my SSD?” I know I have. Some days I know my PC has been very busy from running tests, and some days hardly busy at all as the system was used for light office work….but just how busy was it?

I decided to monitor an average day use…but just what is an average day?

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SSD Interfaces: Where we are, where we are going and why it doesn’t include Bono

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It is the summer of 2015 and boy, for those who keep track of SSD technology, what a ride it has been up to this point.  Around 2009, consumer-friendly SSD solutions and pricing catapulted the revolutionary storage technology into the fast lane. The SATA II (3 GBps) interface spec was quickly maxed out, and so was SATA III (6 Gbps); almost every mid to high-end SATA III SSD on the market today is limited by the 6Gbps interface. With no real successor in sight for years, vendors set out to seek other key differentiators—may it be a lower price per GB or additional features for increased durability, such as PFM+ (Power Failure Management Plus).

Just recently though, new standards have emerged. NVMe™, M.2, U.2, and SATA Express are some of the terms you catch when you read about new product announcements. Unsure what this is all about? Is SATA obsolete now? What should I go for when considering an upgrade or first time investment in SSDs? Let’s have a look…

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Comparing Apple-to-Apple: Enabling TRIM in Mac OS X

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Do you have an Apple computer running on the latest version of Mac OS X and are you still using an HDD at same time? You’re in luck! Recently your upgrade became a whole lot easier.

With the recent OS X 10.10.4 update, Apple has once again allowed the usage of SSDs regardless of whether or not it is made by a brand that Apple has officially certified. With that freedom of choice, you also get to choose more affordable SSD solutions or solutions that have different features compared to the ones that Apple has been offering so far.

While native TRIM is rumored to be scheduled for the upcoming El Capitan release of Apple’s operating system, the current version, “Yosemite,” already offers it with a simple work around.

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Buh-Bye Bricks: What PFM+ Provides

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Losing data because your drive fails is horrible right? You’re left with a storage device that shares the same features as a brick; it doesn’t move, weighs a lot, and out of sheer frustration you might possibly want to throw it out the window. More than half of the time, it isn’t even because you abused the drive but simply because of some unexplainable power irregularity in your system.

So what really happens?

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Top 10 ways to recycle your HDD after you get an SSD

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Upgrading your system is fun…and can be almost euphoric. Who doesn’t get a buzz when you open your front door to see a Newegg box on your doorstep? And how can you not be addicted to that feeling when you power on your freshly upgraded PC for the first time? As we already know, most of you are regularly updating your setups, but what do you do with the old parts? You most likely sell, trade, or give them away to someone “in need”. But what do you do when you upgrade your hard drive? It’s probably safe to assume it’s stuffed away in a drawer somewhere, sadly awaiting its inevitable demise when one day you finally decide to toss it.

In the spirit of next week’s Earth Day, we thought we’d give you some ideas on how to recycle that paper weight of an HDD now that you have upgraded to an SSD. Check out these creative DIY projects (in no particular order) from the amazing world of the interwebs.

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OCZ SSD Guru Tool – Help Your Drive Thrive

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Though being one of the first SSD providers to offer a “toolbox” for our SSDs, it was time for OCZ to launch a next generation SSD management tool. Meet your SSD’s new best friend, SSD Guru. With the hardcore enthusiast in mind, this feature-rich SSD management software tool was designed to let you have GodMode-like capabilities when it comes your OCZ SSD. Maintenance, monitoring, SSD tuning, OS optimization and more are now right at your fingertips.

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Commitment-phobes. Commitment-phobes everywhere.

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I think it’s time we talk. You seem to have a real fear of commitment. Results from our last poll show that almost a third (27%) of you are a regular pre 2014 George Clooney when it comes to your PC. You just can’t seem to stop playing the field and find it impossible to resist the temptation of getting that new SSD even though you already have three. And who can blame you? :)

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Giveaway: What kind of relationship do you have with your PC?

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Roses are red. Violets are blue. Giveaways are sweet and polls are too. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, our latest giveaway is about relationships. Tell us what kind of relationship you have with your PC and you will be entered to win an OCZ 960GB SSD of your choice: a) RevoDrive 350 PCIe or b) the soon to be released Vector 180 SATA SSD. Two runner-ups will receive OCZ t-shirts and swag. Open worldwide! For our full contest rules, go here.

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Optimized SSD Firmware and Controller as Your Personal Valet for Parking Data

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We all know how stressful it is to find a parking spot when you’re in a hurry, and it’s the same stress our data goes through trying to find ‘space’ on an inefficient storage device that cannot properly manage flash write allocation. There may not be endless circling honking cars or someone’s giant SUV parked well over the line boundary, but our digital data goes through the same scenarios when deciding what flash cell to finally reside in…only it doesn’t have a movie show time it’s trying to race to.   Continue reading

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